The Shelf of Doom

The latest victims to fall prey to my lack of attention span The Shelf of Doom:

The Bachelor List, by Jane Feather

Constance Duncan may be the eldest of three sisters, but she has more important things on her mind than finding a husband — for herself, at any rate. Through the Personals services of her popular newspaper, The Mayfair Lady, Constance connects lonely hearts. But her own heart lies in her work, and nothing will distract her from it — until she finds herself irresistibly drawn to a man of disastrously different views. Max Ensor is a politician whose outmoded attitudes outrage her — even as his powerful presence intrigues her. Clearly there is only one thing to do with such an exasperating man: convert him! Little does Constance know that Max has the same plan in mind for her … What follows is a fiercely passionate duel in which two headstrong people discover that, differences or not, sometimes one gender cannot — will not — do without the other.

I really like Jane Feather’s work, but for some reason this one didn’t grab me.

 

 

All About Seduction, by Katy Madison

Caroline Broadhurst is about to take a lover — at her husband’s command. For fifteen years, Caroline has done everything her much older husband has desired — except provide an heir. Now he has given her an ultimatum: seduce a suitable gentleman and bear a son. Caroline would never think of bowing to such a shameful order, but then she meets Jack Applegate. 

I skimmed through this book, mostly because I wanted to know how it panned out.  It’s terribly predictable (as most romances tend to be), and I couldn’t get past the ridiculous premise, which I’ll admit intrigued me at first…until I got past the third or fourth chapter.  This book is so fluffy it’s near impossible to form a solid connection to any of the characters.

 

 

 Confessions of an Improper Bride, by Jennifer Haymore

Serena Donovan left London six years ago, her heart broken and her reputation ruined by devilishly handsome Jonathan Dane. Now, with her family’s future in peril, she reluctantly agrees to return to England and assume her late twin’s identity. The price? Marry a man she doesn’t love and spend the rest of her days living a lie. Jonathan Dane, Earl of Stratford, has become an incorrigible rake, drinking, gambling-and trying to forget Serena Donovan. Yet the moment he’s introduced to the prim and proper “Meg”, he recognizes the sensual young woman who captured his heart. Haunted by his past mistakes, he refuses to lose Serena again. But convincing her to trust him is no easy task. Claiming his lost love means exposing the truth and destroying the life Serena has sacrificed everything to rebuild. With the future of all the Donovans at stake, and their undying passion capable of triggering yet another scandal, how much will Jonathan and Serena risk for a chance at true love?

This is one of those books where I think if I hadn’t had tons of other books waiting to be read I would have kept with it.  It didn’t hook me within the first chapter so I put it aside.

Enticed by His Forgotten Lover, by Maya Banks

“Have we met?” Answer: a right hook! Because Bryony Morgan pulls no punches. Even when she’s very pregnant and facing down the father of her unborn child. She fell for wealthy hotelier Rafael de Luca when he courted her for her beachfront real estate. Then he disappeared. Now, she’s in New York for answers—and she won’t accept a brush–off.

But selective amnesia after a crash has Rafael puzzled. How could he ever forget a combustible beauty like Bryony? Solution: return to the island where they met, and relive the unforgettable nights in question—until he remembers everything…

I was excited to read this because I had yet to read anything by Ms. Banks. I should’ve known better from the series’ title – Pregnancy & Passion – that this wouldn’t be the book for me. Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I don’t like kids or that I have an issue with being preggers. It’s just not my cuppa, ya know? So the whole premise of “you knocked me up then screwed me on a real estate deal and now you don’t remember me so I’ll take you back to where we first me so you’ll get your memories back and end up screwing you again” just didn’t roll for me.

Lord Langley is Back in Town, by Elizabeth Boyle

Lord Langley and Minerva, Lady Standon, began their faux engagement with three simple rules set down by the baron’s all-too-proper (and utterly unlikely) bride-to-be.

1. No more kissing. The intoxicating kiss Langley stole from her lips still has Minerva aflutter.

 

2. She will not share his bed. (For if his kiss is that tempting, Minerva doesn’t dare imagine what a night in Langley’s embrace will do to her already addled senses.)

 

3. No scandals during their engagement. With the infamous Langley back in Town, there is no lack of trouble he can bring to Minerva’s unblemished reputation.

 

Oh, the wily Lord Langley will keep his word—but that doesn’t mean he won’t use every rakish trick he knows to get Minerva to break her own proper rules, especially once he realizes that this convenient arrangement has led him to the only woman he’s ever loved…

This is, I believe, is the 2nd Elizabeth Boyle book I’ve attempted to read and wasn’t able to finish. Perhaps it’s my complete disregard for continuity (aka picking up a book in the middle of a series) that doomed me.  Reading this book was like butting in on the middle of a conversation.

 

Lord of Rage (Royal House of Shadows Bk 2), by Jill Monroe

To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out…Princess Breena had been dreaming of her warrior lover when she was ripped from her Elden castle and thrown into a strange, dangerous realm. Lost and alone, she prayed for survival and vengeance for her stolen kingdom. She found both in a woodland cottage…in a dark bear of a man.  The golden-haired beauty had eaten his food and slept in his bed when Osborn found her. Though he wanted to awaken his virgin princess to carnal pleasures, Breena wanted more—including his warrior skills. Skills the once-legendary mercenary had long buried. Now Osborn had a choice—risk his life or deny his princess her fairy-tale ending.

Book One in this series by Gena Showalter was “eh okay” for me.  It’s one of those read it and forget it type books.  I made it about half way through this one and was unable to muster the energy to keep going.  On an unrelated note – the guy on this cover reminds of David Hasselhoff.

The Bone House, by Stephen R. Lawhead 

There’s really one one reason I didn’t read this one – it’s book two in an epic series.  I probably could have followed it, but it’s more than likely more enjoyable having read book one, The Skin Map.

I love Stephen Lawhead’s stuff.  Have you read him?  You should.  He’s awesome.  His Pendragon Cycle series is my favorite, by far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Lucky, by Kayla Perrin

In just four short months, lucky–in–love Annalise is going to become a mother. But before she hits the delivery room, she’s got one last piece of business to take care of: hooking up her single girlfriends with a pair of sexy brothers on a special weeklong getaway. Lishelle and Claudia are more than ready for some no–strings–attached flings. And soon Lishelle and gorgeous, insatiable Kwame are setting the sheets on fire. Even back in Atlanta, the sex is amazing. So why is she still so bothered that her ex–boyfriend—the one she dumped—is getting married? Meanwhile, Claudia can’t get enough of Rohan’s expert toe–curling, scream–inducing moves. But introduce him to her high–maintenance society friends? Puh–lease. Sure, he’s funny, smart and devoted—but without movie–star looks or a matching bank balance, he’s hardly Claudia’s ideal man. If that makes her a bitch, fine. She has an image to maintain. But when tragedy strikes, it soon becomes apparent to the friends that they need to rethink what’s truly important in life. Because while a hard man is good to find, it takes more than luck to keep him!

Spicy chick-lit! Score! Except I could barely plow through chapter one. Not sure why, really. I wasn’t hooked, and I had a hard time following who, exactly, I was following, seeing as that each chapter is told from a different character in first-person.

 

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